Thursday, December 19, 2013

Christmas "Wrapping"

Silk blouse (Lauren Ralph Lauren, Macy's); Leather skirt (Maginn, Nordstrom - see it styled differently here and here); Shoes (Poetic License - see them with a different look here); Citrine and freshwater pearl torsade (Ross-Simons)
A friend of mine recently mentioned that the 1981 song "Christmas Wrapping" by The Waitresses was her all-time favorite Christmas song.  I had no idea what she was talking about, but I was reminded of her comment when I put on my favorite wrap blouse for a recent holiday open house.  So I googled it.  Ah yes, I do know that song.  It's pretty catchy, and will now be stuck in my head the rest of the day, I'm sure. Here's a link to a video with the lyrics, just in case you'd like to get it stuck in your head, too....

As for the blouse, something about the ruffly mix of plaid and paisley in rich, jewel-toned silk feels just right for holiday celebrations.  I found it a few years ago on clearance at Macy's and fell in love with it.  There was only one left, and it was really too big for me, but the genius of the wrap styling affords some flexibility.  The sleeves were also too long and too big around the wrist, so I asked my favorite local tailor to create French cuffs.  I love the result, which shows off more of the contrasting patterns in the fabric, and allows me to wear a favorite pair of cuff links I received as a Christmas gift from my husband several years ago (all my blouses would be French cuff if I had a choice).

In the past, I've always paired the blouse with navy trousers, but this pleated leather skirt is a favorite right now, and I'm always looking for new ways to wear it.   I donned navy riding boots with the outfit for the office, but dressed it up with ruffled satin shoes for the after-hours open house.
Bag (Dooney & Bourke, Nordstrom); Boots (Steven by Steve Madden, Burlington Coat Factory); Watch (Charming Charlie); Cuff Links (Off 5th)

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